Alexandra Charlotte Generous (born July 14, 1992), known professionally as Alix Generous, is a mental health activist, writer, and scientist. She is known for her research ideas on coral reef microbiology, creating assistive technology, and her speeches on mental health. Her TED talk "My Inner Life" was featured at TEDWoman 2015.
Early life[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]
Generous was born on July 14, 1992, and raised in Potomac, MD, Nice, France, and Santa Fe, NM. She is a dual citizen of the United States of America and France. Generous is a high school graduate of Olney Friends School, a Quaker boarding school in southeastern Ohio. She attended The College of Charleston where she studied molecular biology and neuroscience and graduated from The University of Vermont.
Scientist[edit | hide | edit source]
In the summer of 2012, Generous researched tropical ecosystems for three weeks in Bali, Indonesia. Her research ideas suggest that quorum sensing plays a critical role in the health of coral reefs. When her work was complete, Generous submitted her research ideas to the SustainUS Citizen Science Paper competition and won first place. In the fall of 2012, she presented her research ideas at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India and published in the journal Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, published by the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
In 2012, she hosted her own radio show, “Brains and Fluff: Making Science Sexy,” on the College of Charleston's radio station and blog.
From 2012-2013, Generous researched Neuropathic Pain at the Medical University of South Carolina and traumatic brain injuries at the Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
Writer[edit | hide | edit source]
Generous is a guest blogger for Aspergers101. As of 2017, she is finishing up her first book.
Mental Health Activist[edit | hide | edit source]
In her 2013 TEDx talk, she states, "Our culture has conditioned us to view mental illness and other disabilities as difficult something we should hide and be ashamed of. Being different is not a fallback...this world is in desperate need of creative and intellectual mind to solve complex problems but before we can do that we need to build a culture that accepts mental diversity"
In 2014, she proposed a new model of neurodiversity at a TEDxYouth conference.
Generous was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a teen and describes in her 2015 TED talk that she developed hydrolytic anemia at 13 years old after attending a mental health facility that prescribed medications not meant for her diagnosis. She was sexually assaulted as a child.